UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Post-Soviet Press Group

SSEES's famous Post-Soviet Press Group (PSPG) provides a weekly opportunity to keep up with developments in states of the former Soviet Union.

We discuss Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States, Moldova, the South Caucasian states, and Central Asia, covering a wide range of topics, such as politics, the mass media, business, environment, NGOs, human rights, culture, economics, and religion.

Members choose an area of interest to follow throughout the term or the year, reports on which they present to the group during the weekly lunchtime meetings. Short summaries of a selection of these reports are published each week and circulated to members of the Press Group in the Bulletin. In addition, longer pieces are published on the Post-Soviet Brief website, alongside commentary from SSEES academics.

Several guest speakers are invited each term to the Wednesday lunchtime meetings. Past speakers have included Maria Alyokhina (Pussy Riot), Boris Akunin (Russian novelist), Shaun Walker (The Guardian), and Edward Lucas (formerly of The Economist).

The Press Group also puts on special evening events. In 2017-18, this included an event on the BBC drama series McMafia, as well as an event discussing the 2018 Russian presidential election, 'SSEESing Putin'. 

All staff and students are warmly invited to attend these informal meetings.


Day: Wednesdays (Term 1 & 2, excluding Reading Weeks)
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue:  UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, Masaryk Room

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